Multivitamins May Boost Mood
Men who supplemented with the multivitamin reported fewer negative mood symptoms
Using a comprehensive multivitamin
The study, published in Human Psychopharmacology, included 50 healthy men between 50 and 69 years old. The men were assigned to receive either a single multivitamin tablet per day or placebo for eight weeks. The supplement contained a broad range of nutrients, including B vitamins, minerals, a bioflavonoid mix, vitamin E, coenzyme Q10, choline, inositol, the amino acids lysine and tyrosine, and small amounts of 21 fruit, vegetable and herbal extracts.
Vitamin users feel better
The men answered a variety of questionnaires to test for symptoms of anxiety, depression, and stress at the beginning and end of the study. This led to the following findings:
"The men who supplemented with the multivitamin reported fewer negative mood symptoms and fewer problems with day-to-day functioning," said study co-author Dr. Andrew Pipingas at the Swinburn University in Melbourne, Australia.
A well-rounded approach to healthy moods
In addition to taking a daily multivitamin, here are some habits worth developing if you want to lay the foundation for healthy moods, alertness, and general well-being as you age:
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Maureen Williams, ND, completed her doctorate in naturopathic medicine at Bastyr University in Seattle and has been in private practice since 1995. With an abiding commitment to access to care, she has worked in free clinics in the US and Canada, and in rural clinics in Guatemala and Honduras where she has studied traditional herbal medicine. She currently lives and practices in Victoria, BC, and lectures and writes extensively for both professional and community audiences on topics including family nutrition, menopause, anxiety and depression, heart disease, cancer, and easing stress. Dr. Williams is a regular contributor to Healthnotes Newswire.